Samsung Korea posts details about Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update

It seems Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its Galaxy S II users just yet. Today, Samsung Korea posted details to its website regarding an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S II (it seems to be for the Korean version only for now, but that means the international update should be just around the corner). The update will be available soon via Samsung’s Kies software and will take about an hour to complete. Since it’s such a large update, Samsung will need to reformat your phone’s memory and allocate an extra gigabyte for its “system” memory (where it keeps all the important files). This means you’ll end up with 11 gigabytes of internal memory for your apps, music, pictures an other media. Besides all the normal Jelly Bean goodies like “Google Now”, you’ll be getting Samsung’s “Smart Stay” (a feature that keeps your screen on by using your front facing camera to see if you’re eyes are looking at your phone), and some other stock Google apps like Books and Google+. No word yet on if and when the US variants of the phone will be getting an update, but we will keep you posted if we hear anything. For a full list of improvements, jump past the break.

Major Changes in the new Software Upgrade
1. Platform upgrade Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich → Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
– improved Home screens and improved scrolling performance
– Improved usability for some applications

2. Preloaded applications
– Add Help
– Add Google+
– Add +Talk
– Add Play Book
– Add Play Movie

3. Newly added/improved functions
– Add Easy mode, Block mode
– Improved Camera functions: function like Pause while recording and more
– Add Smart Stay
– New functions like Pop-up play and more
– Improved some functions & applications usability

Source: Samsung Korea


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Alex Enfiedjian is an Android enthusiast and tech journalist from Central California.